"I've been called Bone all my life, but my name's Ruth Anne."
"Early in 1880, in spite of a well-founded suspicion as to the advisability of perpetuating that race which has the sanction of the Lord and the disapproval of the people, Hedvig Volkbein—a Viennese..."
"Mary Ann Singleton was twenty-five years old when she saw San Francisco for the first time."
"I was born in San Francisco, California."
"No one remembers her beginnings."